Bengaluru: Private hospital staff line up for jab, boost confidence in vaccine | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The second day of the Covid-19 vaccination programme passed off smoothly in Bengaluru, with 58% of the targeted healthcare workers receiving the Covishield vaccine on Sunday.

Bengaluru city had achieved 73% of the target on Saturday, but Sunday’s target of 6,277 was more than seven times that of the target of 878 for Day 1. While Saturday’s drive was mostly at government hospitals, three private hospitals and a BBMP facility took up the baton on Sunday.
Manjunatha Prasad, BBMP commissioner, said the lower-than-scheduled turnout was due to a variety of reasons — from people deciding to wait and watch to some beneficiaries dropping out after developing a fever or other ailments. Besides, Sankranti festivities, it being a weekend and the fact that some beneficiaries could not be informed of their status due to errors while registering their phone numbers, also contributed to the low turnout. “Overall though, the perception is very good as no major reactions or side effects were reported,” Prasad said.
While honchos of private hospitals took the vaccine to set examples for their coworkers, nurses and nursing students also queued up enthusiastically.
Linnet Susan George, 24, a nurse at Manipal Hospitals, Old Airport Road, was the first to be vaccinated. Linnet, who has been with the hospital for two years, said, “I’m cines are good. I would advise everyone to take the vaccine because contracting Covid is much worse.”
Nikhita Khandpani, 20, a student of Baptist Nursing College, was among the youngest to receive the vaccine. Nikhita is from Odisha and has been living in the city for the past three years. “My parents are also from a medical background and they understand the importance of the vaccine. None here distrust the vaccine,” she said.
Prasanna Kumar, 46, from Shivamogga, has been working in Baptist hospital for seven years as a housekeeping supervisor. He said that the past 10 months have been rough for everyone in the medical field. “It is very difficult to work while wearing a PPE kit,” said Prasanna, who took the vaccine on Sunday. “I’m not saying that we should immediately stop thrilled to be the first in this hospital to be vaccinated. I have treated many Covid patients and all the hard work has paid off.”
Dilip Jose, MD and CEO, Manipal Hospitals, who also took the jab, said, “After Saturday, people were more confident about taking the vaccine considering no adverse reactions were reported. After a few more days, confidence in the vaccine will soar.”
In Bangalore Baptist Hospital, 13 booths were set up and every booth had an observation room where people who received the vaccine stayed for 30 minutes.
Dr Naveen Thomas, the CEO of Bengaluru Baptist hospital, “In two hours, we vaccinated 215 people. We expect flu vaccine-like symptoms. Many of our staff said they expected it to be painful, but were surprised it wasn’t. Safety profiles of both vacwearing the kit, but with a vaccine out, we are getting closer to normal.”
Delbi Johnson, a nurse at St Philomena’s hospital for 30 years, said, “So far, we have not faced any adverse issues with the vaccine. People who are coming to get vaccinated are also calm, not paranoid.”
Dr Shankar Prasad, medical director, St Philomena’s Hospital, said, “I got the vaccine on Sunday and I fell fine. People have fears but they are unfounded.”
BBMP’s Cox Town Maternity Hospital was the only government facility to conduct vaccinations on Sunday.
“In most hospitals, there was also the daily schedule for staffers to attend to, so it was not easy to inoculate everyone,” said Rajendra Cholan, BBMP special commissioner, health and IT. “However, there is no deadline and all will get the vaccine.”


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